Thursday, April 03, 2008

AP: Blunt, Other Lawmakers Invested in Defense

Blunt spokesperson: Insinuation of impropriety "offensive"
Top lawmakers from both parties hold big investments in companies doing business with the Defense Department and have earned millions since the onset of the Iraq war, according to an Associated Press report.
Rep. Roy Blunt is one of the members mentioned in the A.P. piece. The story is based on research conducted by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics.
The piece notes that Blunt, the G.O.P. House Whip, held at least $15,000 in Lockheed Martin stock in 2006.
Blunt spokesman Nick Simpson called the "insinuation that lawmakers' votes might be affected by their portfolios "offensive."
"I don't pretend to speak for other offices, but I am fairly certain that no member would consider their personal finances when voting on issues as important as sending our men and women in uniform into harm's way," said Blunt spokesman Nick Simpson.
Read the Center for Responsive Politics Report HERE.

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